Alex Pratt Accident – A boat ran aground at approximately 11:54 p.m. on Saturday night close to the 1.3-mile marker in the Main Channel of the Lake, and none of the eight passengers on board were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.
Injuries sustained by the seven passengers and the driver of a 2014 Nortech boat, piloted by Adam J. Ramirez, 47, of Huntington Beach, California, ranged from moderate to serious, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division’s report. Ramirez was driving the boat when it ran aground and rolled over. Everyone on board was thrown overboard as the boat first grounded, then collided with a house, and finally flipped over.
The following occupants were transported by emergency medical services to Lake Regional Hospital:
Karlie M. Jones, 22, of Oak Hills, California, was diagnosed with a serious condition; Roxy Soukup, 23, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was diagnosed with a moderate condition; Kyle E. Iltchi, 26, of Phelan, California, was diagnosed with a serious condition; Alex Pratt, 28, of Niles, Michigan, was diagnosed with a serious condition; Cathy Rimirez, 48, of Huntington Beach, California, was diagnosed with a moderate condition; Amy K. Adam Ramirez, who is 46 years old and was driving the boat, was detained for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, which led to significant injuries to other people.
A news release was also released by the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, which stated that emergency teams were sent to the scene by both land and water. After responding to the call, Battalion 1 arrived on the site with six additional ambulances and took command of the situation. Medic 22 arrived on the site and immediately began triaging the patients.
After arriving on the site, Medic 23 took care of one patient who was listed as being in critical condition.
All of the employees that were available immediately began providing care to the patient, and they were assisted by Osage Beach Engine 11 and Boat 212. All of the victims were taken to Lake Regional Medical Center using the triage system in order of priority as the mutual assistance ambulances arrived.
The LOFPD would like to extend their gratitude to the following organizations for their assistance in the form of mutual aid: Cole County EMS, Miller County Ambulance District, Camden County Ambulance District (Mercy), Osage Beach Ambulance, and the Osage Beach Fire Protection District. The Missouri State Water Patrol, the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lake Ozark Police Department were among the other law enforcement organizations that responded to the site.
According to the Water Patrol, the driver, Adam Rimirez, was charged with both causing serious physical injury while driving under the influence and causing injury while driving under the influence.
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